Marie Kondo has a gift for helping encourage people to become much more conscious of the things that bring them joy.
Many of us hold onto things that no longer spark our joy, but why? We probably do this out of some sense of obligation. We are taught not to waste things. A lot of us grew up with this mentality, and it’s difficult to overcome it.
The problem is, our things weigh us down. Everything has energy in a sense. If we hold onto things we really don’t care about any longer, it takes away our energy and our power. It may even cause us to feel anxious or depressed.
There are many reasons to apply Marie Kondo’s methodologies to different areas of your life because releasing things that no longer bring you joy is transformative. Releasing things you no longer need helps lift your energy.
How to Bring Marie’s Philosophy into Your Life
How can you use Marie’s philosophy in other areas of life you might ask?
One way we can do this is by taking the time to contemplate different areas of our lives and asking ourselves how we feel in each of these areas.
For example, think about how you feel about your personal relationships or your friendships. Do these relationships lift you up or bring you down? If they don’t add joy to your life, then there is most likely something you need to acknowledge or pay more attention to.
Tune into those underlying feelings and see what comes up. Ask yourself how you can bring more awareness to this person or to these feelings, how you can bring some more integrity or compassion into your life, and if there are any truths you are not facing or acknowledging. Ask yourself how can you more fully express yourself in this matter. How can you bring some more light into the relationships that bring you down?
We can do the same thing with any area of our lives, like our work. As you think about your job or career, take a moment to ask yourself if it sparks a sense of joy. Think about how you spend your time or express yourself creatively. Think about what kind of example you are setting for the world.
We all have a few things in our lives that we struggle with and things that don’t necessarily bring us joy. That doesn’t mean we throw everything away. What it might mean is we need to change how we view these things.
Examine Your Life Through the Lens of Joy
The more we look at life through the lens of, “does this bring me joy” the more awareness we will bring. Releasing those things, or even those people who aren’t bringing us joy can open you up to attract miracles, magic, opportunities and possibilities.
That being said, this is not about getting rid of people who aggravate us or annoy us. It’s about changing the way we view the world. It’s about bringing more love, more kindness and more compassion into even the darkest corners.
Perhaps the people that drag you down feel the same way about you. Maybe this resistance is a wake-up call. Maybe you need to be a little more compassionate or understanding around people who are struggling just to make it through the day. What we do know is this, the more you clean up those dark corners and the more light you shine, the higher your vibration is. When you raise your energy, you also raise everyone else’s energy you come in contact with.
In essence, you are the change you need to see in the world. Aligning yourself with those things that bring you joy is a beautiful way to live.
You will feel much freer. The skill of tuning in and simply paying attention through a daily spiritual practice or meditation practice can help us shed some light on all those areas of our lives that need some attention.
I highly recommend taking time to relax and be quiet and taking time to listen every day so that you can be the highest truest expression of who you are.
In the end, your life matters. You matter. Your loved ones and friends matter. The kinder and more compassionate you are the more you spread that compassion and that love out into the world, and that’s really why we’re all here.
Sura is a highly experienced Meditation Coach and Trainer. She first discovered meditation when she was in severe pain while working on Wall Street. After receiving profound healing benefits from her sitting practice, she left New York to study meditation in Asia and has been teaching meditation ever since. Learn more about Sura and her work at SuraFlow.org where you can receive a free meditation toolkit and begin a practice of daily calm.
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